6:14 am January 29, 2010, by Henry Unger
Should the state get involved in keeping the Falcons from leaving their downtown nest?
Local hospitality leaders say a state House bill that would extend the hotel-motel tax collections that pay for the Georgia Dome is a good first step in keeping the team from flying off, AJC staffer Leon Stafford reports.
State Rep. Mark Burkhalter (R-Johns Creek) is sponsoring a bill that move the sunset date of the taxes — currently pegged at 2020 — to 2045.
The bill stipulates that the extension is contingent upon keeping the Falcons on the campus of the state-operated Georgia World Congress Center, the Dome’s current home, Stafford reports.
With all of today’s economic problems, should the state be getting involved in this? Team owner Arthur Blank is capable of financing his own stadium.
On the other hand, the Falcons bring much-needed revenue to the heart of the city.
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